Hyperbole? No, More Like Understatement

I thought I was being rather over the top when I compared the Times to a dinosaur and Talking Points Memo to a mammal the other day.

Well, maybe not.

Two thirds of Americans – 67% – believe traditional journalism is out of touch with what Americans want from their news, a new We Media/Zogby Interactive poll shows.

The survey also found that while most Americans (70%) think journalism is important to the quality of life in their communities, two thirds (64%) are dissatisfied with the quality of journalism in their communities. …

Nearly half of respondents (48%) said their primary source of news and information is the Internet, an increase from 40% who said the same a year ago. Younger adults were most likely to name the Internet as their top source – 55% of those age 18 to 29 say they get most of their news and information online, compared to 35% of those age 65 and older.

The world of journalism will look vastly different in ten years, that much is for sure.  It’s  possible that there will only be a small handful of newspapers still in existence.  I don’t hope for that to happen— it would be preferable for newspapers to do better journalism and draw in more consumers from that 64 percent of people who say the media’s not doing a good job.

Of course, a nation of Jerry Springers might be more likely than a nation of Josh Marshalls.



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